The topic for the International Women's Day (IWD) in 2022 is gender parity and bias elimination. In the previous few years, women have achieved significant accomplishments in terms of representation. However, we are still a long way from achieving equality. Despite the fact that women can now pursue employment in previously male-dominated fields, they are nevertheless frequently harassed, assaulted, and denied promotions.

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To support, retain, and advance women, we must act immediately. Bias contributes to women being passed over for jobs and promotions, according to research. Microaggressions are experienced by over 60% of women on a regular basis at work. Women of colour, LGBTQ+ women, and women with impairments are all subjected to higher discrimination. However, less than half of women say they've ever spoken up about bias in the workplace.

At MANNA, we believe that diversity is essential to our success. Diverse viewpoints, cultures, genders, races, and backgrounds all contribute significantly to our ability to solve problems and collaborate to learn and create fantastic ideas.

All day, every day, we are each responsible for our own ideas and behaviours. We may not be able to change other people's behaviour, but we can break our own biases and lead by example.

On International Women's Day (IWD) and beyond, we can all work together to end bias. The world will be a better place as a result of this; more informed, worthwhile judgments will be made, and the best talent will be recognised.

That's why MANNA, a Vancouver-based plant-based ready-to-eat meal company run by mainly  women, wants to urge people to join the #BreakTheBias effort launched by International Women's Day in 2022.